8 Ways People Vow to Be More Productive
Working from home can be difficult, so how do you stay motivated to work? Maybe the answer is to add a way to the madness of life.
In theory, life at WFH sounds great: you can work all day in a bathrobe while your cat lounges next to you on the couch with “Little Women” playing in the background. It’s all very cozy….. Right?
Alas, it’s actually not that simple. How is everyone doing? How do you do it while having Zoom meetings, answering emails, and doing actual work?
It’s a bit of a balancing act, yes. Especially when you know your bed is just a few feet away (and you can watch Netflix there instead of listening to Karen complain about being quarantined in a daily work meeting).
So, you may need some productivity tips. Now, they may not work for everyone – but let’s just say they’re popular for a reason.
Eat a live frog (aka do the worst thing first).
If you keep putting things off, missing deadlines, etc., then this method might be for you. This productivity method is named after Mark Twain, who once said, “First thing in the morning is to eat a live frog.” Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.”
In other words, try to schedule your tasks from the hardest to the easiest and “eat the frog” first; do the really hard stuff – the rest will seem a lot easier.
Rubber duck debugging
“Rubber duck debugging” is an interesting noun for discussing your problem with an inanimate object. Basically, you find an inanimate object (an actual rubber duck if you like) and explain your problem. What exactly is the problem and why do you have a problem.
It may sound silly, but sometimes the simple act of spelling out your problem will help you figure out how to solve it.
Do you focus more on visuals? Need to see your to-do list before you actually implement it? Then this simple system works well for you.
All you need to do is divide all your tasks into three categories: to-do, in progress and done. Pending, ongoing, closed and closed. Arrange them visually; whether it’s a sticky note on a whiteboard or a sticky note APP on a notebook, and make sure you check in regularly and move things around as needed.
In his book, “Personal Lookout: Mapping Work – Navigating Life,” Jim Benson explains.” Visualize the work and turn vague concepts into tangible objects that your brain can easily grasp and prioritize, thus reducing the existential overhead.”
If you have big ideas that need to be turned into actionable plans, this book is for you. Whether you want to write a novel, or you want to build a plan and create achievable goals, this book can be for you.
First, SMART means “specific, measurable, and assignable”. Specific, measurable, allocable, realistic, timely.
In other words, what specifically do you want to accomplish? What measurable tasks will get you to the finish line? Which people are assigned to which roles? What are the real challenges here? Finally, when is the deadline?
These are the things you need to ask yourself with this method. It works for individuals and businesses alike!
Method of Action.
The Action Method is a method developed by Behance in 2006 to streamline creative meetings.
Being a creative person often means you have to think outside the box……. But to get things done, you have to put everything back in the box in order to make things work. What exactly are you going to do about it? Then, according to the law of action, you can divide the ideas into three categories. Action items, return items and reference items.
Action item. Action Item: What steps will you take to accomplish this.
Back-to-burner projects. Interesting, but probably not for this project.
Reference item: refers to the resources and information you need. The resources and information you need.
Small tasks, small distractions that take up too much of your time? We often get distracted by minutiae…….. Low priority emails, chatty colleagues, etc….
The time box method holds you accountable by assigning specific time slots to specific tasks in your daily schedule. You have to divide your day into blocks of time, allocating it to specific tasks; for example, when you’re writing a planner or designing something important, you have to dedicate a block of time to reading and responding to emails, rather than interrupting yourself because a friend sent you a cat video.
There is also a variation called day-theming, which is what it sounds like. It’s an easy way to do it, but different varieties can be layered to make it more effective.
The Pomodoro method is somewhat similar to the timed frame method – it’s breaking your workday into manageable chunks. Some say that the Pomodoro method makes them incredibly efficient.
Basically, it boils down to this. You work for 25 minutes, rest for 5 minutes, then repeat the trot four times, followed by a break. It’s that simple.
Of course, if you feel that 25 minutes is not enough time to complete the first chapter of your paper, rewrite your report, or do your monthly budget, you can adjust the time to suit your needs.
No zero days.
“No Zero Day” approach is great for people who want to break habits or create habits. The method is simple, set yourself a goal of completing one task per day…. : Set yourself a goal of completing one task each day…. . and mark it out on a calendar. What’s the goal? Well, “no zero days”.
Whether it’s writing a line from that novel you want to write, or doing a push-up (or one more than yesterday); do it every day, no matter how you feel, and – take it as a small step towards a bigger goal.